The Cream Will Usually Rise to the Top

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Yes, the title means Up With People and the upstarts on The Voice won’t be covering this one. But it’s my idea of a realist’s it-will-all-work-out anthem. I did wrestle with the descriptor in the chorus. But the figurative cream of life doesn’t always collect at the crown of the bottle. But it usually does if you put in the work. And an artiste is supposed to be honest, right? This song was triggered by hearing the Goo Goo Dolls on mainstream radio and thinking to myself, “This should be The Replacements on this station. Not these guys.” -- MJ

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Some days hard work just don’t pay
Sometimes it’s how you look, it ain’t about what you say
But if you smoke all your shows goodness knows
Your rock & roll train won’t stop
The cream will usually rise to the top

Sometime you get an itch you can’t scratch
Sometimes it’s not all good and your chickens don’t hatch
But the truth of it all is you’ll make the front office
And there’s no more punching the clock
The cream will usually rise to the top

The cream will usually rise to the top
If you feed your prized milker the sweetest grass
Milk ain’t all you’ve got
If you play your cards right, pray every night
Give the world your best shot
The cream will usually rise to the top

Darling I know you crave a love that’s real
But the more your searching fails, the less you seem to feel
But if you shoot for the moon, one who makes you swoon
You might feel your heart flip-flop
The cream will usually rise to the top

The cream will usually rise to the top
Pick the right seed, water and weed
You might raise a bumper crop
Go on and pray every night, keep your game tight
Be cool with the weed and the schnapps

Cause the cream will usually always rise
Your good work’ll get recognized
The cream will usually always rise
Until then a good glass of milk can satisfy you
Cause the cream will usually always rise to the top

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from Nothing to Cry About, released January 1, 2017

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